These are difficult financial times for many of us. We face uncertainty in our employment and housing, which adds stress to the many difficulties of managing our lives, and those of our families, during the pandemic. Financial health and mental health are closely linked and this page is designed to provide a range of resources to help you cope now, as well as find pathways to financial stability for the longer term..
Everyone’s financial life is different, complicated and private. However there is no stigma in taking a good long hard look at your financial life – you may find that making a plan, looking at your budget, seeking advice and looking squarely at your future needs, can help you feel resilient, empowered and even optimistic during a time of crisis. It is so important to ask for help.
We will update this page with new resources and information, so please check in.
Maximize Your Benefits
Pitkin County Economic Services, Aspen Family Connections, Catholic Charities and other organizations are here to help you navigate and access benefits, entitlements and other assistance to help get through hard times. Even if you’ve never sought any kind of public assistance, there is absolutely no stigma in doing so. It’s your right! Consider applying for unemployment, Medicaid, free/reduced lunches for your children, CCAP for your younger children, and food assistance – just to start with. We have great resources and Pitkin County Economic Services, and other providers can help you figure out what you are entitled to.
Colorado PEAK is an excellent place to start to see if you are eligible
Our 5-part series videos provides some straightforward advice and tools for dealing with some common challenges relating to budgeting, planning, saving and coping with debt, by local expert, Dr. Robert Blattberg
Your own bank is likely to have some online resources to help you get your financial health on track. We also like the following
https://www.joinsmartpath.com/coronavirus(a good library of free webinars on a wide variety of topics, many with a specific emphasis on the impact of covid on your personal finances, co-parenting, job loss and many other topics